Every Princeton Theological Seminary graduate needs to be an effective communicator, whatever his or her vocation: preaching and worship leadership, classroom teaching, or leadership through other avenues. The seminary's tradition of excellence in oral communication, reaching back to the late 18th century, continues today, with classes in both Speech and Preaching a central part of the M.Div. curriculum. In addition, courses in worship are taught from a variety of perspectives and with diverse contexts in mind.
The M.Div. Preaching, Speech, and Worship Program
We take seriously the integration of the three strands of preaching, speech communication, and worship as indispensable to proclaiming the Word of God. Courses in all three areas from the introductory level onward allow students to combine critical theological reflection on these practices with hands-on experience. Students may choose from an array of electives to explore particular issues in preaching and speech performance, as well as varied preaching styles and worship traditions, including African-American, Latino/a, and Asian-American, among others. Electives deal with issues of gender and changing social and global contexts as these affect preaching, worship, and speech performance today. Limited class size allows students to receive individualized attention. An annual dramatic production, in which students may participate for credit, gives seminarians opportunities for artistic expression, as do the seminary's choirs and courses in worship and music.
The Ph.D. in Practical Theology with Concentration in Homiletics
Princeton Seminary's Ph.D. program in homiletics brings together scholars with a unique range of expertise, including theology and hermeneutics, rhetoric, performance theory, communication studies,and African-American studies. Graduates of this program teach homiletics, speech, and worship throughout North America.